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Natasha nabs top award for caring

A life-long ambition to work in care has paid off for 20-year-old Natasha Richardson, who has been named her employer’s Support Worker of the Year.

Natasha, who has been with Stroud-based homecare provider DoCare for just over a year, won the award in recognition of her hard work and dedication to delivering a high level of care, as well as for the excellent feedback she receives from clients.

“I was waitressing before I joined DoCare, but I had always wanted to have a job where I looked after people,” said Natasha, who works with DoCare’s Yate-based team. “I saw the care my Mum was given when she was ill and it really encouraged me to give it a go. I really didn’t expect to win this award, but I am delighted.”

Natasha’s colleague Anne Rogers was named Care Newcomer of the Year at the company’s third annual awards. Anne, 57, has been with DoCare since last summer after a career in admin and is based with the family-run firm’s Cirencester team. She said: “I had always worked in admin, but when my mother became ill I looked after her. I knew then that I wanted to work in care and I haven’t looked back. I really enjoy it.”

DoCare’s Managing Director Steve Mills said: “The awards are a fantastic opportunity to be able to say thank you to the team for all they do for our clients.

“Ten years ago DoCare was just an idea in my head – we had no clients, no staff and no contracts. Now, thanks to the hard work and dedication of our staff, we have grown and DoCare has helped support more than 1,000 clients over the last decade, enabling them to be able to carry on living independently in their own homes, something every member of DoCare is passionate about. We have more than 100 staff and contracts with four local authorities and a large number of private clients.”

Ann Sherrington, of Minchinhampton-based training company Enabling Selling, presented the awards. Ann has been a supporter of DoCare over the past ten years. She said: “I know from personal experience of the care my father received when he went into a home, that the calm authority and patience carers display is highly valued. Their skills often go unrecognised until they are needed, but the value of the work they do is huge.

“I have known Steve since DoCare was just a vision, and was impressed then by his compassion and enthusiasm for the work, which hasn’t waned in the decade I have known him. He sets high standards for DoCare and it’s fantastic that the company recognises the excellent work the staff do.”